Lake Regional Pulmonology treats individuals who have lung disease or respiratory conditions, including:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Interstitial lung disease
- Lung cancer
- Pulmonary fibrosis
Allergy Testing and Treatment
Allergy testing, which is not painful, reveals your triggers so you know to avoid them or, if that's not possible, to take medication to prevent an allergic response. Depending on the allergy, you also may benefit from immunotherapy, a method of treating allergies by desensitizing you to your triggers, either with allergy drops under the tongue (sublingual immunotherapy) or allergy shots (subcutaneous immunotherapy).
Allergy testing and both forms of immunotherapy are available for adults and children 12 years old and older.
Better Breathers Support Group
Individuals who have lung disease don't have to face it alone. It's important that patients with lung conditions, such as COPD, get the education and support they need. Better Breathers provides a support system coupled with ongoing education that plays a key role in overall quality of life.
Guest speakers provide educational content during meetings. Find a meeting on our online calendar.
Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS)
EBUS is an important tool for diagnosing lung diseases. In this procedure, Lake Regional Pulmonologist Harjyot "Joe" Sohal, M.D., FCCP, uses a scope to view multiple areas of the lungs and to collect tissue samples - without invasive surgery.
Generally, a patient receives a referral for endobronchial ultrasound after an imaging test reveals a mass in the chest. Instead of using traditional surgery to biopsy the tissue, endobronchial ultrasound uses a special scope that is guided through the patient’s mouth and trachea into the lungs. The scope has an ultrasound processor that provides real-time images to guide the procedure, as well as a fine-gauge aspiration needle for collecting tissue samples.
“We can send the scope into various areas of the lungs and collect multiple samples, enabling us to determine if a cancer has spread, and if so, how far,” Dr. Sohal said. “We also can use endobronchial ultrasound to detect infections and other diseases that affect the lungs.”
Pulmonary Function Testing
Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) measure how well the lungs are moving air in and out. Assessing your lung capacity, volumes and rates of flow provides information to help your physician diagnose certain lung disorders. During the test, specially trained staff will instruct you to breathe through tubes in different patterns while you are seated. If necessary, staff may administer medications to widen your airway.
Pulmonary function tests require a physician's order. They are conducted in the Respiratory Therapy department on the second floor of Lake Regional Hospital. For information, call 573.302.2233.
Lake Regional offers Phase II Pulmonary Rehab, an individualized exercise program for patients who have lung disease. It is designed to increase strength, endurance and confidence. Exercise sessions are 60 to 90 minutes, two to three days a week, depending on the clinic location. Weekly pulmonary education classes focus on breathing techniques, energy conservation, medications and oxygen use.
Pulmonary rehab is offered at Lake Regional Hospital and Lake Regional's Camdenton, Eldon, Lake Ozark and Laurie clinics. A referral from a primary care physician or pulmonologist is required to begin pulmonary rehabilitation.
Sleep Apnea Testing
Many people with obstructive lung diseases such as asthma and COPD also experience sleep disorders. A sleep study at Lake Regional Sleep Center can measure the extent to which lung disease is disrupting your sleep and determine if continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy can benefit you. Learn more about Lake Regional Sleep Medicine here, or call 573.302.2715.
Lake Regional Pulmonology is located in the Suite 225 of Lake Regional Hospital. To access the clinic, patients should use the hospital's main entrance and East elevators to reach the second floor.